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Sunset At Shelter Island, San Diego,CA

 

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Here’s A Smiling Pelican At The Wharf

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3D Sculpting With Sculptris Software

Starfish Sculptris                                                                                                  3D Sculpting With Sculptis Software

Recently I attended Adobe evangelist, Stephen Burns’ free Photoshop users group last Saturday at the San Diego Art Institute.  Stephen is a friend of mine who I volunteered to help during the March 2013 Adobe Create Now Conference, and an award winning graphic artist.  Sometimes, he has other guests  that make presentations as part of his lecture.

One of his guests, from the company, thebestSD.com,specializes in the best 3D graphics and told the group about a fascinating program for creating 3D sculptures online called Sculptris.  Just Google Sculptris, and go to the website for a free download.  Then, start playing with the shapes and colors.  You can get some pretty wild designs and it’s really a lot of fun! Sculptris invites you to have fun and experiment. Being a writer before a designer, I even had fun naming my 3D sculptures intriguing names such as Green Goblin, Opal Essence, Starfish Sculpris as seen above and others.  The program starts you off with a 3D sphere which you can color and stretch any way that you like.  For some reason, when you stretch out the sphere, the shapes sometimes end up with demonic horns. I suppose you could make angelic halos and wings too if you’re skillful and the spirit moves you. In order to save your work though, you must use Photoshop so you can turn the images into a jpeg which is not so user friendly but still a lot of fun.

 

Dreamed That BlackBerry Became An Aircraft Company

Dreamed that they showed one of their new BlackBerry jets in a  commercial performing a test flight.  It was black with the BlackBerry symbol on it  and it looked pretty sleek as it took off for the sky, guided by the voice of mission control.  Then it performed stunts, rolling sideways, upside down and even simulating a crash and burn scenario.  Then the neighbor’s dog barked and woke me up.

In reality, as many people know, BlackBerry now, according to the Wall Street Journal and other news sources, unfortunately has income performance so poor, that the once mighty, global tech company, and original smartphone maker, is laying off alot of people, and may be sold off, or broken apart, since it really did crash and burn,  not in a simulation.

BlackBerry Jet BlackBerry 2It’s also odd, since I have a BlackBerry Playbook, which I got free by working on a progressive dream alarm clock app in a local BlackBerry hackathon,  and it died, when I called customer service recently, they acted in denial of this bad news.  They even said new devices are coming out all the time and they knew nothing about the companies troubles.  It’s true, they did release a new phone just the other day, but with the negative headlines the company is making, what is the future of a device like this no matter how great it could be?  I like my BlackBerry Playbook alot, but one fault the company has is it continually expects users to download supposedly updated software,
treating users like programmers. Recently, another request for downloading a software update appeared on my Playbook.  I downloaded every other software upgrade for it before, even though the downloads do nothing or very little for it’s performance.  Before blindly obeying this time, I read some CrackBerry reviews of the update.  Most people thought their Playbook was faster after the update, but one person said it erased all of their data, so I thought to myself, why not back up my data first on my laptop and then download the update? That way, I’ll have the increase in speed and retain my data.  Here was the problem: the battery was dying and I had to charge it up before I could backup my data.  But all of a sudden, the plug I was using no longer fit, so I couldn’t charge it up anymore and it just died.  I told customer service about this, and they told me to hook up my Playbook to my computer or send it in to them for repairs, which would be the second time I did that in two years. So since I’ve recently closed a million dollar  real estate deal, and can buy a new tablet, I think I won’t send it back.  Why spend more time on an operating system that doesn’t have much of a future?  But who knows? Maybe in the future, possibly partly because of this article, BlackBerry will become an aircraft or even an aerospace company.  Maybe that will become their final software update.

USING ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR IN THE CREATIVE CLOUD

APM Illustrator PSASome designers think that Illustrator is the toughest program in the CC, but it definitely has it’s applications for doing fine precise illustrations.  Learning the pen tool is a critical part of knowing Illustrator.

Illustrator is also great for medical or mechanical drawing, architecture, or anywhere else you need precision.  Here, I have used it to create a PSA for American Public Media, inviting people to use their freedom of expression to tell their story.

Jordan Schaffner’s Graphics Resume

Jordan Schaffner Graphics Resume

Jordan Schaffner’s Graphics Resume

Dreamed About Photoshop

I dreamed I was at home and I tried to use this photoshop effect on one of my pictures I was editing and it blinded me. I was so scared
I prayed and prayed over and over to God. Please don’t let me go blind, please don’t let me go blind. And finally after my prayers, I realized it was just a dream and I was so thankful to God that I could see again and I woke up thinking that I should always pray every day.
And always put God above technology. It also made me feel that maybe working with the Adobe Creative Suite may be fun, but I’m sorta blinding myself with illusion that it will lead to a fulfilling, well paying job. However, I will do my best to do work that I love, defy the odds and also protect my eyes.

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The Hidden Side Of Telemarketing

As a fairly new WordPress blogger, and e-book author, I have yet to make a living at writing lately.
Although my ghostwriting in L.A. used to pay my bills, including a trip to Europe, blogging has not lately, so I sometimes have to give in and do other jobs. I am pretty well educated and really don’t like serving burgers. So instead I serve up conversations.

For some reason, it’s usually easiest for me to get a telemarketing job. Mainly I suppose because people like my Chicago metropolitan voice. Anyway, I have a very different perspective on telemarketing than most people because of this. True, it can be annoying for unknown people to call you to sell you something, but even in this economy it still provides jobs. I usually get hired immediately. Keeping the job is the hard part. Management sales quotas are usually somewhat unrealistic, even though I do my best.

I try to find telelmarketing jobs that are somewhat interesting so they don’t bore me. I’ve telemarketed timeshares, real estate,film investments, pension funds, business telephone systems, cellphones, satellite TV investments, non-profits including political campaigns and charities.

The last charity I worked for was called “California Council For The Blind.” We were supposed to call people from a computer database who had a history of charitable giving. We explained that we were helping blind and underprivileged children attend a local variety show that is held every year. When I pitched people, I got some rather wild answers. One guy said he was so sympathetic with our cause, that “he donated his mother’s eyes.” Another lady said she was so broke, she “couldn’t even afford to pay attention.” Alot of people I called just said they couldn’t hear me. Apparently, we were to call the deaf in order to help out the blind. Obviously, this doesn’t quite work over the telephone. Since the “do not call list” went into effect, we also end up calling about 65% non-English speakers. Yet we are told not to speak Spanish or another language to them. We get mostly answer machines. So this make it even harder to make quota to keep our jobs.

Some answer machines are pretty funny too. One said “We’re either watching television at the time or doing something stupid, so if I don’t end up in the hospital, I’ll call you back.” Other prospects got mad when I asked them for a donation: one lady said “I’m on disability, Mother f..cker!” What a way to talk to a charity! She acted as if her disability was my fault. One client hung up on the California Council for the Blind was, believe it or not, named Helen Keller. Still, I did end up calling a local fellow writer, who read my book, “Naked Skydiving” online and said she would give it a rave review.” That made my day. Another guy named Tom Heaven turned me down. People’s names are funny in telemarketing too. I think that’s one of the best parts of the job. I remember my first telemarketing job calling businesses. One of the prospects was really named Bonnie Beaver and she was a gynecologist! I’ve also called Susan Tambourine, Mrs. Goshe, who was, and Mrs. Goodhead. Hmmm.. Wish I could say I knew she lived up to her name.

Some people really don’t listen to what your offering when your telemarketing. I told this other lady that we were raising money to help out underprivileged children and she said sorry, I already have children, as if we wanted her to adopt them or buy one or something.

It looked like I got quite of few pledges for this job. However, management told me that people who actually paid were of course not enough for me to keep my job. As if it was my fault. There are a few rules in telemarketing. One is when something bad happens, always blame the telemarketer. Then, there’s the 2nd rule of telemarketing. Fire the telemarketer. A lot of times in telemarketing the only people who can verify the telemarketer’s success are in management. So it’s usually a case of the fox watching the hen house. They tell you you did poorly, keep most of your commission for themselves and then you get fired and you have to find another job, telemarketing or otherwise. So, next time, a telemarketer or as my dad likes to call them “dinner interrupter” calls you, be kind and polite. You don’t have to buy what they are offering just politely say no, and hang up. Or if you really don’t want to hear from them again, just say “please take me off your list.” If it’s a private company in the United States, they are legally required to delete you, or the telemarketer could be personally fined up to $11,000. I remember one company made you sign an agreement to that effect. Yet, they still sent you those calls by accident sometimes. Puts the telemarketer in a bad spot. Particularly because he is not usually being paid enough to ever pay that kind of fine and may be broke otherwise. Interestingly, non-profits and political campaigns do not have to obey the do not call list. Apparently, politicians from both political parties do not like private company telemarketers. Yet ironically it’s still legal for them to be able raise money this way. Even with the internet, telemarketing is still with us because when it works, it works very well.

After I was fired from the children’s charity, I went to see if they indeed did use the money to put on a show. They did but it was sparsely attended. Apparently, in this economy there really were not enough donations to send the kids to the show this year. Sad. I recently got called myself by a telemarketer in India selling male enhancement stuff. I told them I don’t need it, no thank you and hung up. Even after I told them to take me off there list, they still called me a few times till I talked to the manager about it. I feel like I would be biting the hand that feeds me if I try to sue them for $11,000, but…

In order to transcend my telemarketing past, I am currently in a certification program for interactive media. I have just finished the print module and we are now working on motion graphics, making animation and videos. Many people believe even though it’s a lot of work, telemarketing is not a real job, and being just a writer doesn’t seem to be enough these days. so I am enhancing my communication skills to get a professional job utilizing CS6 with benefits. Since this blog isn’t quite doing it for me yet, got any leads or ideas?

By Jordan Schaffner

Star Wars Artist Lectured Today On Photoshop @ San Diego Art Institute

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Lee Kohse, Lucasfilm artist lectured today on digital painting with Photoshop CS6.  He is a traditional painter who also uses digital.  He also owns the rights to “Speed Racer ” and his own comic book publishing company.  He will also be at Comic-Con. And has a dark sense of humor.  Here is a mural I saw inside the San Diego Art Institute.

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